A Fabulous DIY, Tea Party, Bunting Clad Tipi Wedding – Nicola & Ryan

Nicola and Ryan were married in August of this year at the beautiful St James’s Church Stretham in Cambridgeshire. They then hosted their reception in an awesome looking tipi with loads of fabulous bunting outside the Stretham Community Primary School nearby. They had the most beautiful DIY, everyone-pitch in-and-help wedding ever. I love the fact that the bride did all the planning, made the stationery herself and did her own makeup, alongside the fact that so many of the couple’s friends and families were involved too.

Nicola’s wedding dress was by Nicola-Anne from Claire-Louise Bridal and her bridesmaids all wore fabulous Dessy dresses from Mia Sposa Cambridge.

The bouquets and button holes were designed by Garden Gate Flowersley while the bride’s godmother Christine Pearce made the table decorations and the church arrangements. Catering and the wedding cake were both provided by a family friend, Rachel Marie Lucas, and the couple’s awesome ride, a 1952 Lagonda, was lent the them by their friend Jeremy Bradburne. Here are a few more details from Nicola on her big day:

“The venue looked perfect. We had had a great day setting them up. Watching it all come together was amazing. Trying to plan the tables and the decorations was really difficult as we couldn’t go to see the venue if we wanted to, so visualising it was really hard. But everything worked really well and so many of our friends and family turned up to help. We had been debating whether to have bunting for weeks and only decided the week of the wedding that we did want it so our best man’s mum along with my chief bridesmaid made 30 metres of it! It completely finished off the inside, along with the fairy lights, the flower centre pieces which my godmother had made, the teacups and cake stands, everything looked perfect. We had spent months before the wedding collecting crockery which was so much fun. We’d decided on a tea party as we love to go to Peacocks which is a very lovely tea shop in Ely. It was the main inspiration. The wishing trees were a highlight, stood either side of the entrance to the tipis. The place names which I made with my mum were tied to the chairs and doubled up as labels for our guests to write their wishes to us and tie them to the trees.

As happens to every bride and groom, we didn’t feel we got to spend a good amount of time with everyone including our own parents, but we did a lot of mingling and it was so touching to have all the people we love the most in the same place. Our photographer was amazing! Everyone was asking where we knew him from because he just got so stuck in, got to know people and really was part of our wedding. This translated in the photos as he really captured the atmosphere of the day and it was such a lovely thing to come back from our honeymoon to. We got to relive the whole thing.

We enjoyed tea, sandwiches and cake made by another friend which looked fantastic and went down a treat! We gave out presents for the wedding party and to the people that helped us. We decided to stick with our theme and bought everyone vintage gifts from our local antique shop.

The evening was filled with dancing (one of our favourite things to do)! My brothers and a friend DJ’d and they were great. At one point I slipped on my dress and fell… there was a moment of silence, until I got up and carried on… Crisis averted! There was a barbeque too which Ryan’s brother Jay cooked up with his friend, perfect evening food!”

Thanks so much to Dominic Whiten for sharing this lovely wedding. Make sure to check our his website for more details!

So the day was perfect, not because of the dress, or the flowers, or the cake, but because I married Ryan and we got to share it with the people we love the most.

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